Addressing Social Health and Early Childhood Wellness (ASHEW) project  improves  well-child care through relationship building and family strengths-based screening, discussion, and referrals for perinatal depression, social drivers of health, and social-emotional development.

Safe, stable, nurturing relationships are vital signs in early childhood. Adults with higher positive childhood experiences  have lower odds of depression and poor health outcomes after accounting for social health risks and adverse childhood experiences. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a public health approach to promote  safe, stable, nurturing relationships and reduce the impact of adversity, stress, and trauma in early childhood to improve lifelong physical and mental health challenges.

The Addressing Social and Early Childhood Wellness project:

  • Provides evidence-based resources and technical assistance  for integrating screening, referral, and follow-up into pediatric primary care practices through the Screening Technical Assistance & Resource (STAR) Center
  • Improves screening, discussion, referral or linkage to community resources, and follow-up through the Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative.
  • Provides strategic guidance and recommendations for interorganizational/interagency collaboration through the National Advisory Board. 

The ASHEW project was funded by a grant to the AAP from the JPB Foundation.

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